Updated: Oct 16, 2019
It's almost time to start planning your family spring break or possible summer vacation. Below are a few things and places to help you decide on the perfect spot for you and your loved ones.
1. Start putting coins away now. Travel for two or more is inherently pricey.
2. Use a payment plan if possible. There are sites now that allow you to pay on your airline ticket and most vacations through a travel company that offers payment plans.
3. Pre-pay for all the excursions that you want to go on. This will also help you plan out your day-to-day activities and cut down on spending once on your vacation. It will also help with sticker shock!
Where to Go!
1. Reykjavik, Iceland
Iceland is frequently referred to as one of the most LGBTI-friendly countries in the world. Iceland is also the first country in the world to elect an openly gay head of state. All LGBTI people in Iceland enjoy the same rights as everyone else regardless of their sexual orientation, including the right to marry. Reykjavik also has a great number of gay-friendly hotels, bars, and nightclubs. Outside of that, the beautiful city and countryside is one that has to been seen up close and personal, along with the Northern Lights (winter only). The Golden Circle, the Ring Tour, Museums, Art Galleries, and so much more will keep you and your family entertained. Pictures are from my trip to Iceland that I truly enjoyed.
LGBTQI rights in Malta are some of the highest standards in the world, according to the United Nations. Located in the central Mediterranean between Sicily and the North African coast, Malta is known for its numerous fortresses, megalithic temples and the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum, a subterranean complex of halls and burial chambers dating to circa 4000 B.C. Go for the history and some sun and sand.
3. Oslo, Norway
In 1981, Norway became one of the first countries in the world to enact an anti-discrimination law explicitly including sexual orientation. Same-sex marriage, adoption, and IVF/assisted insemination treatments for lesbian couples have been legal since 2009. Norway is a Scandinavian country encompassing mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords. Oslo, the capital, is a city of green spaces and museums. If you like nature and museums, this is the vacation for you and your family.
4. Barcelona, Spain
Spain in general is a great place to visit, with Barcelona leading the way for LGBTQI. In 1979 homosexuality was decriminalized and in 2005, same sex marriage and adoption was legalized. There are many things to do in Barcelona that would be suitable for all ages. Check out our blogs from our recent visit: Sightseeing and Barcelona Owes Us Nothing!
5. Siem Reap, Cambodia
Caveat: we are moving here, so we may be a little biased, BUT one of the reasons we are moving here is because of the all the information we found regarding the LGBTQI community here. For a country that 40 years ago was almost wiped out internally during the Khmer Rouge reign, their comeback is to be admired. In Cambodia, due to the country's size, you can have it all...small/big town living, beaches, temples, shopping, and great local cuisine. Every member of your family will find something to love. Make a bigger trip of it, and include a stop in Thailand or Vietnam.
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